A new season change is upon us and that means an even greater variety of things to do in the city and online. Here’s an overview of five activities that we found particularly appealing.

Remember: limited capacity, timed access, mask requirements, social distancing and other policies are still in effect at many venues and events, so check the details before finalizing your plans!

Make the most of the weekend at the Maker’s Market

Evanston Made and Downtown Evanston present the final Maker’s Market of 2021 this weekend. Shop jewelry, art, stationery and more directly from the makers of Chicagoland.

Date: Sat October 2
Time: 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: $5.18 and Under Shop Free
Location: Maple Avenue car park, fifth floor
More information: evanstonmade.org

Prepare your taste buds for Tangled Roots Oktoberfest

Come and enjoy classic German food and beer at Hangar Two this weekend. Beer lovers can indulge in 8 specialty beers and 4 guest taps. There’s something for everyone at Oktoberfest, with great food and live entertainment all weekend!

Date: Fri October 1 – Sun October 3
Time: Fri, 16:30 – 22:00. Sat 11am – 10pm. Sun 11:00 – 15:30 hrs
For free
Location: Hangar Two, Glenview
More information: tangledrootsoktoberfest.com

Overcome obstacles at The Great Mud Run

This weekend Glencoe hosts the ultimate test of endurance and agility at the Great Mud Run. Kids ages 7-14 will tackle a 1.25-mile (2k) muddy trail dotted with natural and man-made obstacles. Earn bragging rights, a medal and lots of spots!

Date: Sat October 2
Time: 9am – 12pm
Cost: from $30
Location: Watts Park, Glencoe
More information: glencoeparkdistrict.com

Become a connoisseur at the North Shore Wine Tasting

This weekend in Libertyville, support local charities as you sip fine wines and enjoy lunch or dinner in style on Main Street.

Date: Sat October 2
Time: 14.30 – 16.30
Cost: $150
Location: Main Street Social Tent, Libertyville
More information: visitlakecounty.org

Help save an endangered species with Eye of the Pangolin

Award-winning South African filmmakers Bruce Young and Johan Vermeulen make a moving film about the hopeless situation in which the African pangolin lives, a mysterious species that has almost been wiped out.

For free
Location: virtual
More information:pangolin.africa